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Cruises from Melbourne | 2017-2018

Everything you need to know to sail from Melbourne this cruising season.

The summer 2017/18 cruising season in Australia runs from October 2017 to April 2018. This is high season for cruises departing Australia's major ports, including Melbourne's Station Pier.

Bookings are already well underway with popular sailings already sold out, though there are still plenty available.

Here’s where you can go, which liners can take you there and the best deals that can save you big bucks this cruising season.


Top Melbourne cruise deals

Up to 25% off + 50% off second guests with Azamara

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Enjoy 16-nights of sailing with Azamara. The route is Melbourne-Auckland. Valid for travel from 6-22 January 2019. T&C's apply.

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Up to $200 off Celebrity cruises + 50% off third guest

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Valid for cruise on select dates from March 2018 - December 2019. Destinations include Melbourne, Noumea, Hobart, Tasmania, Sydney, Singapore, Phuket, Canada and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 45% off Royal Caribbean cruises

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Valid for cruise on select dates from January - December 2018. Destinations include Melbourne, Noumea, Hobart, Tasmania, Sydney, New Zealand and more. T&C's apply.

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Up to 72% off P&O Cruises Valid on select cruises in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands including Fiji, New Caledonia. Sample discounts include 72% off a 3-night cruise from Brisbane, 85% off a 2-night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne and 56% off a 10-night South Pacific cruise from Sydney.

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Places you can cruise to from Melbourne

Ships departing from Melbourne travel around the nation as well as to New Zealand and South Pacific islands such as Fiji, Vanuatu and Noumea.

Itineraries range from 3-night sample cruises to longer 14-day Pacific island cruises.

What cruise lines leave from Melbourne?

Carnival Cruises, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises are the main cruise lines that depart from Melbourne. This season, the ships offering voyages from Melbourne are:

Cunard Cruise Line’s Queen Elizabeth 2 is also scheduled to make one sailing in February 2018 to Kangaroo Island.


Cruises from Melbourne around Australia

Australian cruises are ideal for those on budget or time constraints who still want to set sail on the seas. Short, 2- to 3-day sample cruises are also a great way to find your sea legs and fall in love with cruising. They take you to another city or out into open water and then back to Melbourne.

Sample cruises start at $232 per person based on Melbourne to Sydney sailing in a two-person cabin with P&O Cruises. Other short cruises offer 2-night one-way trips to Adelaide, 3-night return trips to Wilson’s Promontory, 4-night return trips to Hobart and 4-night return trips to Eden.

Longer cruises can take you to South Australia (stopping at Adelaide, Kangaroo Island and Port Lincoln) and Tasmania (stopping at Wineglass Bay, Port Arthur, Hobart and Adelaide).

Cruise lines that offer sailings around Australia from Sydney are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises

Our top picks for Australian cruises from Melbourne

5-day Tasmania roundtrip cruise with Princess Cruises from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • Sail to Tasmania and back on Golden Princess over 5-days
  • Calls in at Wineglass and Oyster Bays, Port Arthur and Hobart
  • Departs 10 March and 17 December 2018

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4-day Weekend Sampler on Carnival Cruises from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 4-day scenic cruise from Melbourne return on Carnival Legend
  • This is an open ocean sail and doesn't call into any ports
  • Various sailings from March - November 2018t

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3-day P&O classic cruise from Melbourne to Sydney from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Sail from Melbourne to Sydney on Pacific Eden
  • This is an open ocean cruise that doesn't call into any ports between departure and arrival points
  • Departs 11 April 2018

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Cruises from Melbourne to New Zealand

Visiting our neighbours by cruise ship affords you a different way to see and explore the land. Itineraries can be one-way or return and usually call into Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Gisborne, Tauranga, Stewart Island and Wellington.

Return itineraries start from 11 nights and are priced from $1,319 per person based on twin-share with P&O Cruises.

Cruise lines that offer sailings to New Zealand from Melbourne are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises

Our top New Zealand cruise picks

13-day New Zealand cruise on Princess Cruises from Princess Cruise Lines

Highlights:

  • Roundtrip sail to New Zealand on Golden Princess
  • Calling in at Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Wellington, Gisborne, Tauranga and Auckland
  • Various departures from December 2017 to March 2019

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14-day P&O Kiwi Adventure Cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Sail on the seas on Pacific Jewel from Melbourne to New Zealand return
  • Calling in at Fiordland National Park, Stewart Island, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington
  • Departs 4 February 2018

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12-day P&O cruise to the Loyalty Islands from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Sail the Pacific Eden from Melbourne to the Loyalty Islands return
  • Calls into Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea
  • Departs 31 March 2018

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Cruises to the Pacific Islands, including New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji

Island hop across the South Pacific and see all it has to offer with a dedicated Pacific islands cruise. Many itineraries are return trips and visit Noumea, Luganville, Port Vila, Mystery Island, Champagne Bay, Lifou Isle, Isle of Pines, Mare and Noumea.

Return itineraries start from 12 nights and are priced from $1,330 per person based on twin-share with P&O Cruises.

Cruise lines that offer sailings to the Pacific islands from Melbourne are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • P&O Cruises
  • Holland America Line

Top Pacific island cruises

37-day Pacific Explorer cruise with Holland America Line from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Cruise from Melbourne to Sydney via the Pacific Islands on ms Maasdam
  • Calling in at Auckland, Dravuni, Moorea, Hobart & more
  • Departs 17 November 2017

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11-day Pacific serenity cruise with Carnival Cruises from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Roundtrip sail from Melbourne to the Pacific on Carnival Legend
  • Calling in at Noumea, Lifou & the Isle of Pines
  • Departs 6 March 2017

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13-day Melanesian Exploration cruise with P&O from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Roundtrip sail through the South Pacific on the Pacific Jewel
  • Calling in at Noumea, Mare, Port Vila and Lifou
  • Departs 12 January 2018

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12-day P&O cruise to the Loyalty Islands from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • Sail the Pacific Eden from Melbourne to the Loyalty Islands return
  • Calls into Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou and Noumea
  • Departs 31 March 2018

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World and Asian cruises

Select larger cruise liners offer sailings from Melbourne further into Asia often as part of a larger world cruise.

Some liners scheduled to sail through Melbourne onward include Cunard Cruise Line’s Queen Mary 2, which departs for Hong Kong on 22 February 2018, and Silversea's Silver Shadow, which departs for Singapore on 6 January 2017.


Where do cruises leave from in Melbourne?

Luxury cruises depart from Station Pier in Port Melbourne, which is approximately three kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD. From the CBD you can take the 109 tram service direct to the terminals.

From Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport you can catch the regular Skybus service to Melbourne's main Southern Cross Station where you can connect onto the 109 tram.

77-night Melbourne to Southampton cruise from CruiseAway

Highlights:

  • 77-night cruise European trip with Cunard
  • Sail from Melbourne to Southampton on the Queen Mary 2
  • Calls into New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Oman, UAE, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and more
  • Option to book flights, transfers, shore excursions, insurance and rental vehicles
  • Departs 22 February 2018

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Melbourne airport transfers

Taxis, uber and shuttle services operate between Tullamarine Airport and Station Pier. Shuttle services dedicated to meeting cruises at Station Pier include Airport Shuttle Bus and Gull.

Services into the city start from $18.24 for a shared service and from $127 for a private transfer. The transfers below are to Melbourne CBD. From there you can transfer to Station Pier by tram, taxi or uber.

Melbourne private transfer
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Melbourne International and Domestic Airport Shuttle
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Melbourne Airport shuttle
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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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